You're welcome to take a tour of our lovely cat shelter in Swanwick, in return for a donation of cat food or litter. To make an appointment, or to discuss rehoming one of our rescue cats, please get in touch using one of the methods below. We regret we are unable to rehome kittens under six months to homes where there is a child under five.

Opening hours: Visits by appointment only please. Tues-Sun (closed Mon), 11am-4pm. Volunteers 8am-6pm.
Call: 07941 806536.
Adoption fee: £75 (£20 deposit to reserve)
We also have a boarding cattery that helps support the rescue side of things, check out our beautiful cattery on and our fabulous reviews on

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Zoe... a litte bit crazy

Zoe has settled in well to Woodland Nook and is proving just as bonkers as her Cretan predecessor, Loulou. She’s a sweetie really, though, as long as you’re not a cat toy!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Radio fame

Amber Sound Radio gave Woodland Nook a lovely shout-out yesterday, thanks to one of our supporters. Have a listen...

As you can hear, Woodland Nook is having more work done on the isolation unit at the far end (commonly known as the Lindee Lu, although that is actually the two-storey cat house within it). To keep out the wind, glass panels and windows are being added, one wall at a time to spread the cost. This will turn it into more of a conservatory, much warmer in the winter months!

You can help by sending a donation to our Paypal account, using the button on this page or simply sending to

Thank you!

Monday, 19 January 2015

A new home for Ceefur!

After seven long years waiting for her chance, Ceefur, “Miss January” in the Woodland Nook Calendar, has finally gone to her forever home!

Ceefur came to Woodland Nook in 2007. Despite being a beautiful tabby with the most amazing green eyes, she was considered “hard to home” due to her troubled past. Poor Ceefur had been abused by a man who wore gloves to protect himself. How could anyone be so cruel?

Consequently, despite being very wary of people, volunteers could never protect themselves with gloves as this only made her more aggressive.

But, gradually, over the years, Ceefur learned to trust again. She still has her moments but she’s a different animal these days.

Unfortunately, Ceefur wasn’t too happy at Woodland Nook because she was mistrustful of the other cats and wasn’t keen on all the hustle and bustle. Happily, she found comfort, peace and quiet at Jane’s cattery, Top Cat ’n’ Tails, where she had a luxury pen to herself, and even ventured out for a chat with the staff from time to time. She flourished at Top Cat but it’s not the same as a real home.

So it is very happy news that Ceefur finally has her forever home, where she will be cherished and respected... and treated like the Queen that she is. Ceefur and her new owner are very lucky to have found each other.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

New Cretan kitties

Two new cats have arrived from Crete – hoping for a new life in England. So let’s meet them...

Seven-month-old Sybil, along with her mother and siblings, were found soaking wet and suffering from severe cat flu. They were nursed back to health by Cats Pyjamas Rescue in Crete and now she is a beautiful cat wanting a forever home.

Zoe was found in Crete scavenging by the roadside bins. Despite being a stray, she was fit and healthy and soon fit in with her adopted siblings at her foster home. She is mischievous but affectionate and is looking for her forever home.

Friday, 16 January 2015

A new home for Dan

We're happy to report that little Dan – the last of the kittens from 2014 – has now been rehomed. His new name is Murphy and he has a big brother to play with. Join our Facebook group to see videos of Murphy taking his first steps around his new home!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A happy New Year for Kitty?

I’m VERY excited to hear that Kitty has been reserved, so fingers crossed that the adoption goes through! Kitty has been at Woodland Nook since December 2013, when her owner died on Christmas Day, of all days. Since then, Kitty has been waiting patiently for a new forever home.

What makes Kitty’s story even more poignant is that she has been a Woodland Nook cat before. Several years ago she was adopted from the shelter and lived very happily with her new owners until, sadly, they both died.

We’re all very hopefully that Kitty will get another chance at happiness as all she really wants is a quiet life, away from the hustle and bustle of all those pesky kittens!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Bob the pen-pusher

Bob does so love a pen! As far as Bob is concerned, you can keep your cat toys, jingly balls and feathers on a stick. The most fun he can ever have is with a plain old Biro. Check him out...

Bob starts by picking up the pen from next to the diary.

He throws it around the worktop... it a bit of a chew for good measure...

...gets it stuck behind the scales...

...does a spectacular back flip to chase it around the giant pig moneybox...

...and finally, takes a well-earned break. 

As you can see from the last photo, Bob only has one eye but this certainly doesn’t hold him back, especially when it comes to attacking a pen!  He’s a very loving boy and loves to stand on the worktop and put his paws on your shoulders for a proper cuddle.

His best pal Loulou has now been homed so Bob is looking to move on, too. Could you give him the forever home he deserves?

Friday, 2 January 2015

At last! A new home for Loulou!

A fantastic start to 2015 for our dear Loulou, who is finally heading off to her forever home!

Loulou was often overlooked, possibly because of her feisty nature. But it was this character which the volunteers loved most about her and, although you shouldn’t have favourites, I know that Loulou has a special place in the hearts of most, if not all, the Woodland Nook helpers.

She will be greatly missed at the shelter, but we all know that it ’s better that she goes to a proper home, where she will be adored and worshipped just as cats should be. It won’t be the same without her though...